Keystone Sacred Harp Convention 2018

Please join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the 20th annual Keystone Sacred Harp convention. The convention will be held on January 27th and 28th of 2018 in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. All are welcome! Loaner books will be available.

*Please note that the convention will take place in two different locations; see details below*

  • Saturday, January 27th, 10 am to 3:30 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown
    6001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
    A social will follow the singing at a nearby home – further details TBA at the singing
  • Sunday, January 28th, 10 am to 3:30 pm, at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

The weekend includes several other opportunities to sing with us in PA and we would love to have you join us:

  • Thursday, January 25th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at the A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, in West Philadelphia from the Sacred Harp
  • Friday, January 26th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 from the Shenandoah Harmony, including a singing school taught by Kelly Macklin, “Everything you wanted to sing from the Shenandoah Harmony but were too afraid to lead”
  • Sunday, January 28th, 6:30 to 9 pm, at Exeter Friends Meetinghouse, 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, 191 Meetinghouse Road, Douglassville, PA, from the Sacred Harp (carpooling may be available; check with others)

For hospitality with local singers, please contact Joel Bassett at jbassett4@gmail.com or fill out this housing request form: https://goo.gl/forms/oV8aOJZtvfDre5f43
Additionally, there are many hotel options in the area, as well as Air BnB listings. See HERE for recommendations.

For other inquiries or for more information (childcare, accessibility, etc), please contact the chair, Nancy Tkacs at ntkacs@gmail.com, or the vice chair, Sasha Hsuczyk, at protectorofthesmall@gmail.com

Dinner on the grounds kitchen information: We will have kitchen facilities on Saturday, but none on Sunday. There should be outlets for crockpots on both days.

Looking forward to singing with you!


Directions to First United Methodist Church of Germantown:

From West of Philadelphia:
Pennsylvania Turnpike to I-76 East/Schuylkill Expressway via Exit 326. Take exit 340A for Lincoln Drive. After the second light, turn right onto Harvey Street. The 3rd light is Germantown Avenue – jog left, then right and park on High Street. Runners will be available for food drop off at the High Street entrance door.

From the North and East:
Pennsylvania Turnpike to exit #333 onto Route 422 East (Germantown Avenue). Follow Germantown Avenue through Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy to Germantown. Turn left at the church, intersection of Germantown and High Street, and park on High Street.

From Center City Philadelphia:
Take Kelly Drive to Lincoln Drive, then follow directions above from Lincoln Drive.

By public transportation:
SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut Hill East Line to Germantown Station – cross under the railroad bridge on Chelten, proceed two blocks to Germantown Avenue, turn right and walk four blocks to the intersection of Germantown and High Street. An entrance door on High Street will be open.
SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut Hill West Line to Tulpehocken Station – exit the train and walk to the right. Turn left at Walnut Lane and proceed 4 blocks to Germantown. Turn right and the church is halfway up the block. Enter from the parking lot.

Directions to Pennsylvania School for the Deaf:

From the North and East:
Take the Norristown exit #333 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike onto Route 422 East (Germantown Avenue). Follow Germantown Avenue through Chestnut Hill into Mt. Airy. (Approximately 7 miles.) Turn right at Allens Lane and follow to Wissahickon Avenue. (Allens Lane turns and becomes Wissahickon.) Proceed down Wissahickon Avenue to School House Lane. Turn left onto School House Lane. After you pass the intersection with Wayne Avenue, you will see PSD on the right (100 W. School House Lane). Enter the school grounds and proceed to the main parking lot.

From the West:
Take the King of Prussia/Valley Forge exit #326 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Schuylkill Expressway East (Route 76). Take the Expressway to exit #340a, Lincoln Drive, making a left at the bottom of the ramp to Lincoln Drive. Take Lincoln Drive to Gypsy Lane. (Police barracks are on the corner of Gypsy Lane.) Take a right onto Gypsy Lane and a left onto School House Lane. Follow School House Lane for 1-1/2 miles. PSD is on the right after crossing Wayne Avenue.

From the South:
Take Route 95 North to the Schuylkill Expressway West (Route 76). Take the Lincoln Drive exit #340a and follow directions From the West (above) at Lincoln Drive.

From Center City Philadelphia:
Take Kelly Drive to Midvale Avenue. Make a right onto Midvale to Wissahickon Avenue. Make a left onto Wissahickon to School House Lane. Make a right onto School House Lane to PSD.

By public transportation:
Take the Chestnut Hill West rail line to Chelten Avenue. Walk north on Chelten Avenue to Wayne Avenue. Turn right onto Wayne Avenue. Walk a few blocks to School House Lane, turn left, and PSD is half-way down the block. OR take either the H or XH bus to Greene Street and School House Lane. PSD is half-way up the block. Or contact SEPTA for route/schedule information.